Best-Selling Author and ABC News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts to Speak at Aspen Institute

July 16, 2008  • Institute Contributor

Best-Selling Author and ABC News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts to Speak at Aspen Institute

Aspen, CO, July 16, 2008 –– The 2008 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will next feature a lecture by best-selling author and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts on her latest book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation (HarperCollins).

The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series will be $10 each and will go on sale starting July 16 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. 

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. From 1996 to 2002, she and Sam Donaldson coanchored the weekly ABC interview program, This Week. In addition to broadcasting, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media. Both are also contributing editors to USA Weekend, and together they wrote From This Day Forward, an account of their now more than forty-year marriage and other marriages in American history. The book immediately went onto the New York Times bestseller list, following a six-month run on the list by Roberts’s first book on women in American history, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters. Roberts is also the author of the bestselling Founding Mothers, the companion volume to Ladies of Liberty.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please call 970-544-7914, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

All programs listed below will convene at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium, located at 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO, unless otherwise noted.

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

August 1 Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State
“The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation”
5:00 – 6:30 pm
August 6 John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
“Enduring US Foreign Policy Priorities”
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Will be held in Doerr-Hosier Center
August 12 Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
“The AIDS Era: A Historical Perspective”
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Other public events at the Aspen Institute include:

August 14 John McCain, presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Senator
3:00 pm – Will be held in Greenwald Pavilion

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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